Swinerton Breaks Ground at Osler Parking Structure at UC San Diego

SAN DIEGO, Claif. – Swinerton has broken ground on the Osler Parking Structure at the University of California, San Diego. Working with Watry Design and Gensler, this 418,725-square-foot project is scheduled to complete in June 2018. This Design-Build collaboration aims to serve as gateway to the campus, with an onsite visitor center and an innovative design that blends in seamlessly into the natural landscape. This six-story parking structure project will have over 1,300 stalls, including ADA-parking stalls and electric vehicle parking stalls. The structure also contains space for facilities and maintenance, a bicycle enclosure, stair and elevator cores in three … Read more

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Turner’s Second Quarter Building Cost Index Reflects Busy Construction Market

Turner Construction Company announced that the Second Quarter 2017 Turner Building Cost Index—which measures costs in the nonresidential building construction market in the United States—has increased to a value of 1031. This represents a 1.18 percent quarterly increase from the first quarter 2017 and a 4.88 percent yearly increase from the second quarter 2016. The second quarter has seen relatively consistent cost increases across the country, with raw material prices continuing to make moderate gains – particularly among aluminum materials. Engineered products have also seen moderate gains. Additionally, fuel costs have remained relatively flat, having little effect on costs. “The … Read more

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Architecture Firms End Second Quarter on Strong Note

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For the fifth consecutive month, architecture firms recorded increasing demand for design services as reflected in the June Architecture Billings Index. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate 9-12-month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects reported the June ABI score was 54.2, up from a score of 53.0 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.6, down from a reading of 62.4 the previous … Read more

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AGC Recognizes Superintendent Steve Garrett

The Associated General Contractors of Washington recently recognized Steve Garrett, a superintendent in Seattle, Washington, as Superintendent of the Year. Whether he’s coordinating with the Seattle Department of Transportation to reduce neighborhood traffic congestion around his project, creating co-training/drilling opportunities for Turner and the Seattle Fire Department, mentoring young carpenters through the Carpenters Union or coaching his sons’ soccer teams (they are four and seven) Garrett’s family, friends, managers and co-workers know he’s passionate about safety. One such person is Jeremy Taylor, safety director for Turner’s office in Seattle. “What consistently impresses me about Steve is how he questions conventional … Read more

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